That can be a real challenge depending on how wet the wood is and the species of wood. If this is oak, it is not going to dry out quickly. You could split it in half and bring some in the house in big totes and let it sit for a few weeks. But if the wood is essentially green then it's may take a year or two to dry. If it is >30% moisture content then I wouldn't mix it. The best thing to do in that case is to leave the wood stacked off the ground and top covered, and buy some known dry wood if true kiln dried wood is available. If not, consider buying high-quality, compressed sawdust logs or bricks.Had some dry kindling. It went up beautifully. No issues with the door open or closed. But my wood must be wet. After everything else went up. The larger logs just smoldered red and really didn't catch on. They eventually burned to Ash. But that's it.
So my question is, what do I do? How do I dry out the wood that I have?
You should really stay right there, any time you have the door open. The load can dry out a bit more and really take off in a short period of time. You can overfire and damage your stove if you are not right there to catch when the load takes off.Left the door open for about 30 minutes.
Pull out the high moisture wood and set it aside for next year. Trying to burn it is an exercise in futility and a creosote maker. You can tell if it is really wet by weight. When in doubt, bang two splits together. If you get a musical note, it is dry. If one or both go thud, it is wet.The bad news is, the wood I have is all over the place. Some 13% moisture. Some as high as 48%
My wife runs the stove with partial loads, maybe about 1/2 full. She is more comfortable with a smaller load and that's fine. I'm glad she runs the stove when I am away.Ok. I'll let her know.
She does not pack a lot of wood in the firebox. She thinks it won't have enough air. I'll get her to pack more in. There is always a lot of extra room
That's the thing with trying to burn wet wood; You burn it all up but get no heat. Better to stack it and wait, and used the compressed wood bricks for now.having trouble getting the temp to go over 300°f. It really isn't heating up the house. Or even the room. We get the fire going, turn the air down a little. And continues to feed it more and more wood. But the temp never goes up.
No such thing as bad wood. Even pine. (But lets not go there)Also the wood isn't the best. I know that. But I have a chord of it and am not going to throw it all away